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KDM Hire Cookstown 100: Facts Round Up

Round up of many an interesting fact from the 2017 KDM Hire Cookstown 100, which includes Derek Sheils going unbeaten now for two years, within the premier Superbike races, the Open and Grand Final encounters.

Derek’s recent Grand Final success around the Orritor Circuit, made it three feature race wins at Cookstown in four years, for John Burrows, BE Racing team.

Five of the top ten finishers in this years Grand Final, at Northern Ireland’s oldest roads meeting, where S1000RR BMW mounted.

The fastest Supersport lap in race conditions over the two day meet, was set by McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton, lapping at 1 minute 25.981 seconds.

Cookstown newcomer Dan Cooper, finished at least 11th or better in every race he finished, including victory in the Open B class.

Photo by Rod Neill

Guy Martin’s fifth place finish in the Open race, marked his best result thus far in his return to the pure road racing scene.

Paul Swords lead the 750 challenge in the Senior Support class finishing seventh, whilst the Super Twins race saw only three non ER6 Kawasaki mounted riders, which where Derek Wilson, Anthony Ambler and Damian Horan.

The Honda challenge within the Lightweight 400 fold, was headed by Tam Nicholl in 11th place.

Four of the top six finishers overall in the 125/Moto 3 race, piloted Moto 3 machinery, including race winner Joey’s Bar Racing’s Sam Wilson.

Photo by Rod Neill

In total 16 different riders tasted success at this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100, including first time winners such as Stoddart Racing’s Robert Wilson and Junior Support/Senior Support winner Joseph Loughlin.

Words by Stevie Rial